5 Tricks to Stay Motivated When Working at Home

first_imgStaying motivated at work can be hard but for remote employees it can be downright impossible.Unlike an office environment, at home there are a ton of temptations and distractions that can easily sap your productivity and your career trajectory.“Working from home is essentially an independent way of working. Even if you have managers and coworkers to be accountable to, you’re still responsible for motivating yourself,” says Sara Sutton Fell, CEO of FlexJobs. “And because our houses have all sorts of distractions (I’ll just throw in one load of laundry, or do these dishes quickly), it can be hard to stay motivated.”But you don’t have to let it hurt your career. There are ways to keep your motivation and productivity high. Here’s how.Have a dedicated office spaceSome of the most productive remote workers are the ones that have a dedicated office space in their home that they go to each morning. The ones that tend to easily lose motivation are the workers that open their laptop, plop down on the couch and think they can work with life going on around them.  “You have to have an organized space in your home so that you can work in that space with limited distractions,” says Paul McDonald, senior executive director of Robert Half International.Hand in hand with having a dedicated office is setting boundaries for when family members can enter the office. If you want to keep your office void of distractions close your door during work hours, get rid of any toys or entertainment that will lure the kids or roommates and establish rules of engagement during work hours,Be organized and layout your work weekOrganization is imperative in any job, but for remote workers it is a necessity, especially because you won’t have a boss breathing down your neck making sure your work is getting done. According to Sara Caputo, founder and principal of RADIANT,  a professional organizing and productivity consulting company, make sure you layout the work you plan to tackle during the week and update that list daily. “At the end of the week, I like the Friday 45, which is taking 45 minutes and planning ahead for next week so you can more easily leave work alone through the weekend and hit the ground running on Monday, ” says Caputo.Create a regular routineHumans are creatures of habit, which is why establishing a routine and sticking to it when you work at home is a great way to keep your motivation and productivity on overdrive. “We’ve found that people who establish a routine and establish check lists are very productive and motivated,” says McDonald. That means getting up at the same time during the work week as if you were going to an office, having predetermined break times and blocking off times to get up from your desk every now and then. For some people staying in their PJs all day works for them while others will take a shower and get dressed before heading to their home office. Either is fine as long as it’s part of the established routine.Find your secret saucePerhaps it’s a particular song, a comfy office setting or time of day, either way Sutton Fell says you want to figure out what gets you in a work groove and run with it. For some people it could also mean changing the scenery every once awhile. It’s no accident that coffee shops like Starbucks are filled with people typing away on their computers during office hours. “There are so many ways to get and stay motivated, but you are responsible for motivating yourself as a telecommuter,” say Sutton Fell.Get in the right mindset for workLife happens, but chances are you are going to hear all about it as it’s happening when you work from home. A great way to prevent life’s distractions is to have weekly meetings with your partner to prevent the personal portions of life from impacting productivity during work hours, says Caputo. Cover all the home issues during those meetings so you won’t be interrupted with questions during work hours, she says.Working at home is hard so it’s a good idea to cut yourself some slack as you figure it out. Nothing can be more demoralizing and thus productivity sapping then beating yourself up because you didn’t cross off everything on your checklist or you ended up working all weekend because you couldn’t get motivated. “Remember it takes more discipline to work at home than it does working in an office,” says McDonald. “It’s up to you to know what your productivity triggers are and be patient with yourself as adjust to what’s happening.”last_img read more

Returning to Work After Disability Leave

first_img 2.8★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Manager In Training Crew Carwash Bloomington, IN Kitchen Manager New Italian Restaurant Ocala, FL 23 hours ago 23h Restaurant Manager The Saxton Group Irving, TX 3.6★ Hot New Jobs For You 23 hours ago 23h Finance Manager OYSTER COVE BOAT WORKS & YACHT BROKERAGE, INC Gloucester, VA Manager Gourmet Burger Restaurant Las Vegas, NV Kitchen Manager Hojeij Branded Food Dallas, TX 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Culinary Manager Mimi’s Cafe Tustin, CA 23 hours ago 23h N/A 23 hours ago 23h 2.9★ Store Manager Meineke Williamsburg, VA Returning to work after a long term disability leave can present itself with a new set of complex circumstances. The new feelings, along with the lack of information out there on what to expect when returning from your leave can be challenging and feel foreign. To help navigate this potentially new reality, I spoke with Mindfulness and Leadership Development Coach, Isabel Duarte, who shared her experiences returning from disability leave. These were some tips she shared to keep in mind for a successful return! Keep the lines of communication openIt’s recommended for both the employee and employer to maintain contact throughout your time on leave. “It’s fundamental that your employer be aware of where you are in your recovery, sharing your progress, or lack of it”, says Duarte. Plan your return with your manager and keep them in the loop as much as possible. This will help build trust between you and the organization, and help your manager create a safe place for you to return. It’s likely that you’ll have a staggered return to work over several week, before you begin to work full time. Communicating that plan with your manager beforehand is important!  14 Conversational Skills You Can Easily Learn and Apply at WorkGet to know the new you“A long term leave or a life-threatening illness can cause permanent changes, not just in your physical body, but also in your psyche,” says Duarte.While it may not always be apparent at first, you may feel certain changes that you’ll have to assess and become aware of before going back to work. What you may have once valued and prioritized before your leave, could look totally different once you return. For example, different lifestyles or routines may be necessary in order to maintain your health and balance your workload. Journaling, practicing mindfulness, and speaking with a therapist are all positive, healthy ways to develop a stronger sense of self-awareness, says Duarte.Make sure you’re readyWhile there is no fixed legal rule to when you should return to work, it’s important to consider whether you can truly fulfill your essential job duties without causing any harm to your health. “As frustrating as it may be to spend long boring days at home, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be ready to resume working. A too-soon return could set back your recovery and set you up for failure, creating disappointment both for you and your company”, says Duarte.  While your employer may be equally anxious to have you back, returning too soon can jeopardize your successful reintegration into the workplace.Beyond having clearance from your medical team, make sure you’re really feeling up to the challenge of returning to an active work routine, says Duarte.3 Psychological Factors Negatively Impacting Your ProductivityPractice self-compassionLike any new routine, adjusting can feel difficult, especially when shifting away from being home and not exerting yourself mentally or physically like you’re used to. “Recognize this and give yourself permission to do what’s best for you (if you need to take a few moments of quiet, find a meeting room, or ask to work from home somedays a week). As tempting as it may be to jump right back in, slow and steady will win the race. Start slow when you return to the office, taking on smaller portions of projects” says Duarte. Once you start rebuilding your work strength, you’ll be able to take on more and more! Use the accommodations providedKeep a list of medical documents organized so you can easily share information with your organization and clarify what your health restrictions would look like upon return. Let them know what kinds of accommodations would be most effective to help you return, and participate in conversations when possible around solutions.  When considering your accommodations, don’t be shy to ask for help, and use the support around you. “Your employer wants your return to be successful and should be flexible to make accommodations necessary (computer screens, different furniture, etc.), but don’t forget to ask for help for the small things too, when needed,” says Duarte Allow a reasonable amount of time for your employer to create accommodations and tools that meet your needs, and take advantage of all the resources around you.How to Build Up Your Work-Life Balance MuscleBring new tools“It’s possible that during your leave you were exposed to new coping mechanisms or new skills–Don’t leave those behind! Bring whatever skills you learned in CBT, Occupational Therapy, or your new meditation habit with you as you re-enter the workplace,” says Duarte. If you’re ever feeling guilt, shame, or stigma around your leave, remember that it’s an employer’s duty to create a fair and equitable workplace that accommodates for all different needs! Stacy Pollack is a professional development specialist who helps employees and leaders build new skills through innovative programs and workshops. She’s worked with both established, and up and coming organizations, going through big business transformations. She is passionate about creating opportunities for people to advance in their career and regularly shares her insights on career building, human resources, and anything else related to workplace dynamics! Connect with her on LinkedIn, Twitter, or at www.stacypollack.com. 4.2★ 3.0★ N/A 3.0★ N/A Case Manager Kindred Healthcare Houston, TX 23 hours ago 23h 4.8★ Finance Manager Mohawk Industries Calhoun, GA 23 hours ago 23h View More Jobslast_img read more